You could own Banksy's SWAT Van

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Banksy's iconic SWAT Van artwork goes up for auction at Bonhams next week. The piece first appeared in Banksy's infamous 2006 Los Angeles show Barely Legal. The hammer price is expected to hit US$300,000 - $450,000. From Bonhams:

Banksy's classic response to fear and tyranny is laughter and in the case of the present work the artist toys with his anti-establishment persona, ridiculing the police not just by depicting a scene in which heavily armed, faceless Special Forces agents are hoodwinked by a small boy but by doing so on the very apparatus of their strength. Banksy's best works combine vicious black humour with a clarity of message that many of the best advertisers would kill for and a rage that simply will not be ignored. His playfulness is the velvet glove that hides the iron fist of a social conscience honed on the streets of Bristol and which found its apotheosis in his breakout show Barely Legal in Los Angeles in 2006...

The present work was acquired directly from this exhibition and has remained in the same magnificent collection ever since, coming to the open market now for the first time. Despite the nature of the sculpture the condition is excellent and testament to the care with which the artist approaches even his most challenging works. This is a work that by the artist's own admission was first shown in a 'vandalised warehouse extravaganza' and yet it is worthy of any museum collection in the world.

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How a street artist pulled off a 50-building mural in Cairo's garbage-collector district

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eL Seed, a Tunisian-French artist, painted a mural whose Arabic calligraphy reads "Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first," spanning 50 buildings across Manshiyat Naser, a neighborhood where the city's largely Coptic Christian garbage collectors live. Read the rest

Banksy painting comes with free house!

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If you purchase Banksy's "Spy Booth" mural for $300,000, you get a three-bedroom Victorian home in Cheltenham, England for free! The house, in dire need of renovation, features the Banksy artwork on an outside wall. It's now fenced in as the mural was defaced in 2014 and then restored.

From the New York Post:

The mural was painted in the wake of — and apparently in support of — Edward Snowden’s leak of National Security Agency documents, which revealed startling information about global surveillance.

But why is “Spy Booth” located in this English town, and not, say, in Washington, DC? Because Cheltenham is home to the UK Government Communications Headquarters, Britain’s intelligence and security agency, which actually uses this artwork on its website.

Property listing: Fairview Road, Fairview, Cheltenham, GL52

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Can you make your own wearable video-graffiti beamer?

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Adafruit Industries takes a fascinated look at the VIDEOBLLST_R, an arm-mounted electronic buckler that projects line-art on any night-time surface you aim it at, giving you the power to produce video graffiti on demand. Read the rest

Mural on riverside building only looks right as reflection in river

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Brooklyn-based artist Ray Bartkus painted an upside down mural on a building on the Šešupė River in Marijampole, Lithuania. The painting makes sense when seen reflected in the river's water. Read the rest

Clever street art celebrating same-sex marriage ruling

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Celebratory street art spotted in San Francisco's Castro District, an iconic epicenter of LGBTQ culture. Read the rest

WATCH: Hula creates murals only accessible by surfboard

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Street artist Hula paddles out to a secluded surface with supplies perched on his board, then paints an evocative mural in this lovely video shot by by Aaron Austin. Read the rest

Graffiti enthusiast won't take red for an answer

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In the eternal struggle between graffiti enthusasts and wall owners, sometimes a playful conversation emerges, like this battle over the word RED vs. red paint. Read the rest

Artist decks out LA with urban geodes project

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Artist Paige Smith, aka A Common Name, takes to the streets of LA to create beautiful geodes in the cracks and crevices of the city. Read the rest

London street art

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Hand-painted murals as animated GIFs

Street artist INSA paints and photographs multiple variations of his murals and then creates mind-bending animated GIFs from the photos. More examples below! "INSA's GIF-ITI" (via Hi-Fructose) Read the rest

Auctioning a conceptual copy of Banksy's thrifted "Banality of the Banality of Evil" to benefit 826 Valencia

A San Francisco artist commissioned a Chinese artist to make a copy of "The Banality of the Banality of Evil" -- a painting that Banksy thrifted, added a Nazi to, and shop-dropped back into the thrift store. The copy, called "The Banality Of The Banality Of The Banality Of Evil," is now being auctioned to support 826 Valencia, a literacy for kids program in San Francisco.

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Banksy sells paintings at deep discounts in Central Park

Prankster street artist Banksy continued his New York City residency this weekend near Central Park by setting up an art stall, manned by someone else. Banksy sold six original paintings, netting $420. Clearly, context is everything. Read the rest

Street artist KAWS at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Street artist KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly, 38, reached a milestone this year: his "Companion" character was a float in the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

WARNING: STREET ART TOURS ARE ILLEGAL!

My neighbourhood in East London has a lot of very nice street art, and a fair number of hipster entrepreneurs who lead tourist parties on "Street Art Tours." Artist Dr D combined the Olympic police-state with the Street Art Tour phenomenon to make this great prank notice, which I snapped on the way to our weekly Sunday brunch.

The Daily Duff: *STREET ART TOURS- ILLEGAL!* Read the rest

Breaking Bad street art in Canada

Boing Boing reader Peter Schwagly sends in the photo of Breaking Bad street art above and below, and says,

I'm a super fan of Breaking Bad and Boingboing as well.... is there something to the shared alliteration? I thought you might like this stencil I found in Vancouver a few months ago. Someone did a whole series of Mr White. They were fantastic.

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This Explains a Lot

Noticed this on the street in LA this morning. Anyone know who the artist is? 

Update: Castro Burger has left us a comment and is the artist behind the poster.  Nice work Mr. Burger! Read the rest

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